Ruslan Koblev
Managing Partner
Ruslan Koblev is one of the most famous and successful Russian lawyers practicing in the field of criminal law.

For more than 25 years, Ruslan has been defending clients in the most complex and high-profile criminal cases involving financial fraud, embezzlement and corruption.

Ruslan Koblev's advocacy is highly recognized in the professional community. The authors of the authoritative British study Chambers describe Mr. Koblev as "an extremely talented lawyer" and "an experienced defender of business leaders and political figures", while the renowned Legal 500 publication noted that Mr. Koblev has "extensive experience in criminal defense of clients."

Ruslan Koblev has represented well-known Russian businessmen, civil servants, and the heads of federal and regional government agencies, as well as numerous celebrities, Forbes 100 members, major corporations, both Russian and international.

Clients highly praise Ruslan Koblev's extensive experience, his skill in resolving corporate conflicts, as well as his talent for dealing with the media, all of which make him a nationally recognized leader in complex criminal defense.
"Ruslan Koblev is known for his defence work on behalf of notable Russian business leaders and political figures".
The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
Chambers and Partners, 2021
"Ruslan Koblev regularly assists high net worth individuals and political figures with complex fraud cases and criminal investigations. Market commentators note that "he has the ability to understand very quickly the details".
"Ruslan Koblev has a strong track record in criminal defence work for private clients".
The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020
Chambers and Partners, 2019
"An extremely talented lawyer" and "an experienced advocate for business leaders and politicians".
Chambers and Partners, 2017
"Ruslan Koblev has a strong reputation among his colleagues for his work as a defender of major Russian businessmen and political figures".
"People from the team are distinguished by high professionalism, reliability, punctuality and decency. I would like to mention Ruslan Koblev, who wins in the courts due to his excellent knowledge of laws and charisma".
The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
Basic Facts
Member of the Moscow Bar Association.
Served in the Military Prosecutor's office as investigator.
Born in 1966.
Graduated in 1989 from the law faculty of the Soviet Military Institute (Military University).
President of Moscow Lawyers Club.
Practicing defence attorney since 1994.
Areas of Practice
White Collar Defense
Corporate Law
Bribery and Public Corruption Cases
Jury Trials
Industry Experience
Construction and Real Estate Development
Energy and Natural Resources
Banking & Finance
Industry, Logistics, Transport
Work Experience
Criminal Defense
– defended the ex-CEO of the largest Russian Bank against the charge of embezzling more than 1 billion US dollars;

– defense of the owner of a large construction company accused of embezzling funds in excess of 500 million US dollars;

– defended the former owner of the largest private oil refinery in Russia against fraud allegations;

– defended the head of one of the world's largest energy corporations against allegations of embezzlement;

– defended a citizen accused by the Russian Federal Security Service of large-scale hacking and misappropriation of confidential information from major officials and businessmen;

– defended a high-profile entrepreneur against charges of organizing a contract murder. Client was acquitted by the jury;

– represented one of the defendants in a case involving the murder of the editor-in-chief of a popular publication. The defendant was acquitted by a jury;

– defended the head of the presidential office of a Russian region against charges of theft and possession of a weapon;

– defended an entrepreneur accused of embezzling VAT in the amount of $ 4 million;

– served as defense counsel for a financial and industrial group in a criminal proceeding which involved unlawful practices in the privatization of a large transport infrastructure facility.
Victim Advocacy
– representation of a major energy company in connection with the alleged theft of petroleum products and the contamination of the oil in the pipeline;

– representation of an entrepreneur suffered of embezzling more than 5 million US dollars;

– representation of a Russian holding company in a criminal case involving alleged embezzlement by top management of funds in excess of 1 billion rubles.
Professional Recognition
Litigation, Criminal Defence (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Criminal procedure, Band 1 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
White Collar Crime (2017-2019)
Dispute resolution — Litigation (2016, 2017)
Best legal practices: Criminal law – Official malfeasance – Top 5 (2019)
Individual rating of lawyers/criminal law Top-10 (2017, 2020)
Leading Russian law firms: Criminal Law – 1st place (2016)
Best legal practices: Criminal law – Economic crimes – Band 1 (2020)
Best Lawyers
Chambers Europe
The Legal 500 EMEA
The Legal 500 EMEA
Individual nominations – Criminal law (2019)
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